Update on Washington Safety Curtis Williams (Nov. 3)
Nov. 3, 2000
Seattle - Washington head football coach Rick Neuheisel, as well as several members of his staff, and former Husky head coach Jim Lambright, visited strong safety Curtis Williams Thursday evening at the Stanford Medical Center. Williams, a senior at Washington, is currently in intensive care with a spinal cord injury suffered in last Saturday's game at Stanford.
"Seven of us went to visit Curtis last evening," said Neuheisel. "Included with us with Jim Lambright, the coach who recruited him. It was neat to have Jim and you could tell Curtis was excited by his presence.
"We had a great visit with him. His spirits were up. His brother, David, confirmed that Curtis had some feeling in his upper body and can sense touch and has experienced progress since last Sunday, which is the last time I saw him.
"The doctors have confirmed that he has feeling in his neck area and that he is over-breathing his ventilator, meaning that the diaphragm is working. That is always a good sign.
"He was very excited to receive the notebook of well wishes from his teammates and other friends. He loved the picture the players had made for him with his number.
"It just looked like he was on the road to recovery. Obviously it is a long road and little victories cannot be taken for granted. We just wish him the very best. It was certainly an uplifting experience, if not for Curtis, then for the seven guys who visited him."
Neuheisel said the visited lasted for 30 minutes. Accompanying Neuheisel and Lambright were defensive line coach Randy Hart, running backs coach Wayne Moses, safeties coach Bobby Hauck, football operations director Jerry Nevin and Dave Burton, associate athletic director for sports medicine, wellness and student services. The group returned to Boeing field at 2 a.m. this morning.
Several activities are planned in conjunction with Saturday's Husky game against Arizona regarding Williams.
A total of 25,000 stickers, with Williams' number (25) will be distributed at the five marketing give-a-way tents at the main entrances to Husky Stadium. The Washington uniforms have been embroidered with Williams' initials in the upper left corner of the front of the jersey. Several large message boards will be available for fans to write a note to Williams. The message boards will be located in the south, E-12 parking lot at the climbing rock and the north plaza inside of the stadium. Both Washington and Arizona will participate in a pregame salute to Williams following the National Anthem.
Players from Stanford University are planning on wearing decals on the back of their helmets with Williams' uniform number during their game at UCLA on Saturday.
The Stanford Medical Center has made arrangements for a special monitor that will allow Williams to watch Saturday's Husky game that will be broadcast by ABC Sports.